Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Docer on 01-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
243
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
19.03%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger off white head on a pale golden hazy body. Average head retention.

S: very spicey, lots of citrus and some pine and malt notes.

T: Very nice fruity and pine hop flavor with herbal notes including juniper, clove and rosemary and an excellent oak note. Light peppercorn.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth.

Overall: I really liked this one. I would like to get my hands on more. Complex aroma and flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/25/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, tea leaves, and an assortment of spices. These spice aromas are pretty in your face and somewhat jarring really. Taste is a bit more balanced with citrus zest, astringent tea, and the spice flavors that linger on the tongue long after each sip. These spices create a medicinal type of bitterness that coats the mouth. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with an interesting twist but the spices are a bit more up front than I was expecting.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - a single from a grocery store somewhere in the lurid heart of Waikiki.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy white head, which leaves an array of islet speck lace around the glass as it readily settles.

It smells strongly of tropical fruit - overripe pineapple, guava, and mango - with a green, bitter herbal character, over some mildly caramelized pale malt, and a menthol-esque booze edge. The taste is a little more herbal than in the aroma, with more of the grainy malt poking through as well, amongst a slow-burning peppery note, and slipping exotic fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, the body a stolid medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes a bit more clearly hoppy, the fruit and bitterness consolidating, and the herbal spice looking in from the outside.

A bit of a confusing, bric-a-brac of a beer. The flavours are there, they're good, and they hold their liquor, but there's a lack of order, and with no order, where are we? Whatever, I like it, and would indeed have another.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass you get a big white head above a clear honey golden colored beer, with a lacing that has pretty good staying power.

Nutmeg, pumpkin spices, maybe other cooking spices dominate the aroma on this medium bodied drink.

The spices are less dominating in the taste but still there, the hops starts to come through some, and they seem to be more of the citrusy west coast style hops.

A light spice is still lingering in the aftertaste that is lightly dry and lasting.

I kind of liked this, a toned down pumpkin or spiced fall beer adding that to an IPA style. Hopefully more companies try stuff similar to this.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this brew last night. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a small, diminishing white head. A bit of lace, though not too much. The nose carries some heavy spicing plus some hops. I get something akin to a sage character out of it, and I can't say that I enjoy it all that much.

The flavor has the same character as the nose. There's a bit of a sharp spiciness to it that overwhelms the hops that are present. The heavy spicing is really prevalent in the feel, which is dry and a bit astringent. Others were a bigger fan than me, but I really could not get into this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured one and a half bottles into an imperila nonic with a clear light to medium golden with a great looking sticky one finger white head that never really settled ,a nice rocky mass is still there over five minutes after the pour.Mainly spice in the nose wich isn't bad but I would like some more hop presence going on in a northwest IPA.Alot of ginger on the palate with mild anise flavors,they seem to overtake the leafy/citric hops but it's not in you're face or off putting.It's not bad although I would like the hops to be bigger than the spiced flavors,still I would likely buy again.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Another well-made but surprising beer from Widmer. What on earth is this taste? Finally it hit me, basil! And not just any basil, but Thai basil. Plus a fist to the face when the bitter hops lash out.

I was expecting something like cloves and ginger, so it was a pleasant surprise to be so different from the usual sweet spices. Still, it's so bitter it borders on undrinkable. Even makes the food taste bitter.

On tap at South Park Abbey in San Diego. Pleasant appearance in the pint glass and well carbonated.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled in a mug.


The color is tarnished golden with good clarity and thick white cream with small bead. The lace sticks ok and no carbonation is visible but retention is very good. The smell is very citrus and lime with some earthy spice which is mildly peppery with a slight woody note. The feel is very dry with moderately high carbonation and hint of astringency -(tea perhaps?) and moderately high bitterness with a gentle sweetness acting as a foundation.

The flavor is very good, both citrus zest-which is lime-like with sweet and acidic taste with tinges of juniper and mild ginger with a light woody earthy peppery taste and almost cedar-like tinge which goes well with the hops which have a bitter almost grapefruity bite that lasts long after the sip and there is a a mild peppery heat but it could be a little alchohol in the flavor augmenting the spice and hop oils. This is a spicy tasty twist on a west coast IPA, I expected a chai IPA, but more hoppy than spicy which is pleasant.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a white head. Interesting blend of citrus hops and spices. Heavy on the anise, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. The other aromatics are there, but less so. Decent tea aroma. A hint of sweet malt in the background. The flavor has a nice hoppiness to it with mild to moderate bitterness. As with the nose, heavy anise, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and tea. The finish is fairly bitter, which is likely augmented by some of the spices. Really interesting and different.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer appears clear and golden yellow hued with a lasting white head that leaves good lacing on the snifter. The aroma is quite unusual for sure, offering spices and cracked pepper atop a resinous hop bill. This recipe was well executed and fun to sample, but there is only so much spiced IPA I could enjoy in a session. Interesting and worth a try. A small serving is plenty.

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Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish copper with a thin layer of soft white head that has decent retention. The nose smells of oregano, thyme, parsley, maybe garlic, and some faint tea undertones. The flavor is tea first followed by some citrusy hops then some spices reminiscent of Italian seasoning and then finishes with some more citrus. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, a little dry and lightly carbonated.

This is an odd beer. I love the spices. They remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. The tea in this instance doesn't detract from the flavor by drying everything out though the finish is a little dry. The "IPA" aspect is simply a decent amount of citrusy hops and a light malt body. I will probably have this again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Green Growler in Croton-on Hudson, NY

Pours typical lighter almond amber, off white head, moderate fine lacing.

Spiced up nose with citrus, coriander, cloves and ginger.

Fruity, with more limes, ginger, cloves and tropical fruits on the palate.

Complex and flavorful IPA with alot more then typical spicing. Zesty and quite enjoyable, if you like your IPA on the aggressive side.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a thin, filmy ring of white head around the edge of the surface. Aromas are like a mix of hops and pizza/italian spices. There is a ton going on in there, including some oregano, basil, and piney/cedar notes. More, but my nostrils were tapping out at this point. Flavors are rich and spicy, with a subtle malt backbone quickly overpowered by a basil and peppery spicing that waits an instant, and then jumps all over your palate. Even the hops are a bit overpowered, lending only a bit of subtle resiny flavors. The aftertaste is clean and quickly receding, with a peppery profile lingering the longest. A filmy, slick lacing left along the glass, and it slides down the glass as you drink. The finish is clean and light, but the spicing left over hangs out for a while. Interesting, but not my thing. Would go great with italian food or pizza, that's for sure.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly orangish-yellow color with a white head. I get a ton of spice in the aroma. There is some cinnamon and clove that really come through strongly, as well as some orange notes from the hops. The flavor is very similar. The cinnamon and clove notes are once again present, with some orange and pine notes and a low amount of bitterness. There is also a decent amount of pepper in the flavor. Overall, all of these notes mix together surprisingly well and make for an enjoyable beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Widmer spiced IPA looks the part with a mix between light orange and yellow in the color with a nicely formed white cap up top with retention and minor stick. Smell is overrun with spice. The hops do show up in scent though with an earthy appeal. There is a whole lot of spice on the nose and I cant pinpoint what the exact additions are. Taste as expected is overrun with spice with an IPA backing. They kind of work together to bring something new to the table, although it's not something I want to drink a pint of, let alone a bottle to the dome. This might work well as a pairing with some lightly spicy food. The body is a step below medium with spritzy carb. I finished my glass, and did not need anymore. I believe this is my first widmer beer and while it did not knock my socks off, it also did not make me throw up, which is a win in my book.

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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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